Bancarella

Overall Rating: 7.800


Address: 350 Powell St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Geary & Post Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94108
Neighborhood: Union Square
Phone: 415.433.1121
Hours: M-Su 7am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 8.00
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 7.60
Aroma: 8
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 8
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Emporio Rulli Il Caffé
Cup Manufacturer: Le Porcellane d'ANCAP
Price: $2.25
Last Update: 07/14/2014
First Reviewed: 07/14/2014
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Review
Gary Rulli apparently wasn't quite satisfied by operating the Emporio Rulli café along the Stockton St. side of Union Square. He expanded to the Powell Street side of the square around the holidays of 2012. Bancarella means "stand" in Italian - as in a coffee stand. But it's a pleasant, almost exclusively outdoor space next to the discount theater ticket outlet, across of the Westin St. Francis hotel. There's outdoor sidewalk patio seating under canvas parasols in the Union Square courtyard, enclosing the handful of tourists here (typically) by short plexiglass barriers. Everything is branded Bancarella here, down to their bags of La Piazza Blend coffee, so it's almost as if they're hiding any Rulli connections here. But the quality is pretty good, so there's little reason to worry. Inside the small service area there's a small counter offering desserts, sandwiches, salads, and Italian wines. Behind the counter is a three-group, white La Marzocco Strada next to a service window that hands out orders like an ice cream truck. They pull modestly sized shots with an even, medium brown crema. It has a well-blended flavor that's smooth, carries some wood, but is mostly spices and light pepper. There was a somewhat foul or off aftertaste when we sampled it, which is probably not consistent. The body is a touch weaker than it should be. Served in Barcarella-logo Le Porcellane d'ANCAP cups. They also offer good latte art and higher-quality milk frothing.